Marc Bolan

Gibson Guitartown London Exhibit in London

Gibson Guitartown London Exhibit, photo by

Birth Name: Mark Feld

Date of Birth: 30 September, 1947

Place of Birth: Hackney, London, England, U.K.

Date of Death: 16 September, 1977

Place of Death: Barnes, London, England, U.K.

Ethnicity: English, Ashkenazi Jewish, distant Scottish

Marc Bolan was a British singer, songwriter, musician, guitarist, and poet. He was the lead singer of rock band T. Rex.

Marc was the son of Phyllis Winifred (Atkins) and Simeon “Sid” Feld, a lorry driver. His father was of mostly Ashkenazi Jewish heritage, with some English and Scottish. His mother was of English ancestry. It is possible that Marc’s mother converted to Judaism. A picture of Marc’s parents can be seen here.

Marc was married to June Child, until his death.

Marc’s paternal grandfather was Harry/Henry William Feld (the son of Jacob Feld and Julia Rebecca Harris). Harry was born in Whitechapel, Greater London. Jacob was a Polish Jewish immigrant. Rebecca was the daughter of John Harris, who was Jewish, with roots in Germany, and of Isabella Fackrell, whose mother was Scottish.

Marc’s paternal grandmother was Betsy Ruffell (the daughter of Arthur Ruffell and Rebecca Solomons). Betsy was born in Whitechapel, London. Arthur was the son of John Ruffell and Mary Ann Houghton/Worth/Todd. Rebecca was the daughter of Jewish parents, Isaac Solomons, who was born in Amsterdam, Netherlands; and of Catherine Keys.

Marc’s maternal grandfather was Henry Leonard Atkins (the son of William Atkins and Katie Ellen Shipperley). Henry was born in Fulham, London. Katie was the daughter of Rubin Shipperley and Jane Green.

Marc’s maternal grandmother was Elsie Mary Pither (the daughter of George Robert Pither and Alice Mary/Eunice Elizabeth Sharman). Elsie was born in Fulham, Middlesex. George was the son of William Pither and Caroline Green. Eunice was the daughter of John Sharman and Fanny Cleaver.


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3 Responses

  1. drzaius21 says:

    I’ve always thought he was 50% Ashkenazi Jewish the way people spoke about his Jewish ancestry. Honestly really shocked he is only 28.125%, as apparently John Harris father was only Jewish and the mother was half German (Benjamin Woolf is not believed to be Jewish) and half English.

    • follers says:

      Benjamin Woolf and Phoebe Davis were Jewish, and even married at the Great Synagogue of London in 1807 according to your familysearch link.

      • drzaius21 says:

        Yeah sorry about that, misread the information. I think Phoebe Davis might be Jewish as well (she buried in a Jewish cemetery), but not certain due to her last name. If she was Jewish that would make him 31.25% Ashkenazi Jewish which is still shocking to me as I was certain he was 50% Ashkenazi Jewish.

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